Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
|Intercommunality||Métropole du Grand Paris |
EPT Boucle Nord Seine
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Georges Mothron|
|17.22 km2 (6.65 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||21–167 m (69–548 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Argenteuil (French: [aʁʒɑ̃tœj] (listen)) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 12.3 km (7.6 mi) from the center of Paris. Argenteuil is a sub-prefecture of the Val-d'Oise department, the seat of the arrondissement of Argenteuil.
Argenteuil is the second most populous commune in the suburbs of Paris (after Boulogne-Billancourt) and the most populous one in the Val-d'Oise department, although it is not its prefecture, which is shared between the communes of Cergy and Pontoise.
The name Argenteuil is recorded for the first time in a royal charter of 697 as Argentoialum, from a Latin/Gaulish root argento meaning "silver", "silvery", "shiny", perhaps in reference to the gleaming surface of the river Seine, on the banks of which Argenteuil is located, and from a Gaulish language suffix -ialo meaning "clearing, glade" or "place of".
A rural escape for Parisians, it is now a suburb of Paris. Painters made Argenteuil famous, including Claude Monet, Eugène Delacroix, Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte, Alfred Sisley and Georges Braque.
The French transport system is straightforward to navigate, so Argenteuil is also an ideal city where there is an extensive public transport system with stations in Argenteuil and Val d'Argenteuil, where the train stops at Transilien Paris. Saint-Lazare (line J).
Since redeveloped by STIF and SNCF, Argenteuil has been equipped with a new Paris-Saint-Lazare-Ermont-Eaubonne line. The new line was launched in 2006, adding the Paris-Saint Lazare / Cormeilles-en-Parisis - Pontoise / Mantes-la-Jolie service to Paris for about ten minutes.
By Bus* :
361 Gare d'Argenteuil à Gare de Pierrefitte - Stains RER;
140 Gare d'Argenteuil - Asnières-Gennevilliers - Gabriel Péri;
164 Argenteuil - Claude Monet College - Porte de Champerret;
By train* :
Gare d'Argenteuil (SNCF-J): Paris Saint-Lazare in 15 minutes and Colombes in 4 minutes
Gare Saint-Gratien (T-8): Porte Maillot in 22 minutes
Épinay Orgemont (T-8): Gare Saint-Denis in 20 minutes
Travel by car:
City centre: 10 minutes;
Paris Saint-Lazare: 25 minutes
La Défense: 20 minutes;
Colombes: 10 minutes;
la Plaine-Saint-Denis: 18 minutes;
Porte de Clichy: 15 minutes;
- 30 public preschools (maternelles) and one private elementary school with a preschool
- 26 public and 2 private elementary schools
- 11 junior high schools (collèges) - 10 public and 1 private
- 6 senior high schools/sixth-form colleges:
|Source: EHESS and INSEE (1968-2017)|
|Born in metropolitan France||Born outside metropolitan France|
|Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1||EU-15 immigrants2||Non-EU-15 immigrants|
|1 This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as Pieds-Noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), as well as to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.|
2 An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.
Twin towns – sister cities
- Alessandria, Italy
- Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
- Hunedoara, Romania
- West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Héloïse (c. 1100/01 – 1163/64), nun, philosopher and writer
- Charles Longuet (1839–1903, journalist and socialist activist
- Claude Monet (1840–1926), painter, lived and worked here in 1871–1878
- Georges Braque (1882–1963), painter, sculptor and co-founder of cubism
- Sidney Duteil (born 1955), musician and television host
- Ingrid Chauvin (born 1971), actress
- Franck Béria (born 1983), footballer and functionary
- Ibrahim Gary (born 1985), karateka
- Fabien Ateba (born 1991), basketball player
- Kevin Mayer (born 1992), athlete, Olympic medalist
- Cécile Pelous, philanthropist and designer
Famous paintings of Argenteuil
- By Claude Monet:
Autumn at Argenteuil, Regatta at Argenteuil, Red Boats, Argenteuil, The Bridge at Argenteuil, The Port at Argenteuil, The Seine at Argenteuil, View of Argenteuil-Snow, Bords de la Seine a Argenteuil, and Snow at Argenteuil. And ’’Train in snow at Argenteuil’’.
- By other painters:
Claude Monet, The Seine at Argenteuil, 1873
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873
Claude Monet, Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil, 1875
- "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
- "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
- "Acheter l'appartement Argenteuil - La Ville" (in French). Retrieved 2018-06-02.
- "établissements scolaires." Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016. "Plus de 12 000 élèves prennent le chemin de l’école tous les matins."
- "Les maternelles." Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
- "Liste des écoles élémentaires d'Argenteuil." Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
- "Les collèges." Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
- Home. Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
- "Université Paris 13 Archived 2016-09-15 at the Wayback Machine." Argenteuil. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
- "Argenteuil Conservatory". Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Argenteuil, EHESS. (in French)
- Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
- "Jumelages". argenteuil.fr (in French). Argenteuil. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
- "Springtime". The Walters Art Museum.
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